Climbing Mount Fuji

Welcome to the Climb Mount Fuji page of the Fujiyoshida City Hall Interantional Affairs Desk homepage!

The iconic ascent via the Yoshida Trail has inspired climbers for well over a thousand years. Although the meaning and methods of the climb have drastically changed since its roots as a religious pilgrimage, the challenge and impact will forever remain. Awaiting climbers at the summit is the long-anticipated and well-deserved moment of joy and accomplishment. Standing high above the Japanese landscape is an experience that will resonate throughout a lifetime; particularly for those fortunate enough to see the magnificent sunrise.

Please be mindful that Mt. Fuji is a World Cultural Heritage Site and is considered a sacred mountain to the people of Japan. Disrespect and disregard for the mountain, mountain huts, fellow climbers, rules and regulations will not be tolerated.




THE YOSHIDA TRAIL ●

The Yoshida Trail is the most ascended trail on Mt. Fuji, commanding over 300,000 climbers annually (80% of the total number of climbers), and offers the most services and mountain huts. It is the most accessible trail from the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The trail itself is not technical, but it is steep and comprised of loose gravel and volcanic debris - requiring handholds at times. In the peak of the climbing season (August 4th-15th) the number of climbers on the Yoshida Route can average over 8,000 people a day causing foot-traffic and crowded climbing conditions.

The official climbing season is from July 1st through September 14. The top portions of the trail are often covered with snow right up until the trail opens on July 1st. In fact, crews are often dispatched to remove snow in order to open the trail.



Click here for Winter Off-Season Climbing Information



THE HISTORIC ROUTE ●

The original Yoshida Trail starts from the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, often referred to as "Sengen jinja (shrine)" by locals, where pilgrims over 500 years ago came to pray prior to their religious ascent.

Bus service from Mt. Fuji Station (formerly Fujiyoshida Station) is available to Fuji Sengen Shrine. The service continues up the road to Naka-no-Chaya and Umagaeshi, saving one to two hours of hiking respectively. This traditional route has gained recent popularity as it provides a much more historical climbing experience.

The Umagaeshi is located just below the 1st Station. It was historically the point at which horses could go no further. Hence the name Uma (horse) Gaeshi (to return). This is a beautiful hike that leads climbers through a hushed forest full of centuries of marked history. It provides a much different climbing experience than then typical 5th Station-to-Summit hike.

The climb from Umagaeshi to the 5th Station takes approximately 2.5 hours. (All climbing times are relative)

Click here for bus information to the Sengen Shrine, Nakanochaya, and Umagaeshi.
Click on the Yoshida Climbing Map to the right for trail information from the base.

THE 5TH STATION ROUTE ●

The Fuji Subaru Toll-Road provides vehicle access to the 5th Station. Most climbers choose to climb Mt. Fuji from the 5th Station. The hike from the 5th Station to the summit takes approximately 5-7 hours depending on one's pace. Many climbers start late in the evening (7-10pm) and climb through the night to reach the summit in time to see the sunrise (goraiko). Many bottlenecks are created due to the crowds, making it difficult for climbers to climb at a faster pace along various parts of the trial. The hike back down to the 5th Station takes about 3-4 hours. Please know that the ascending and descending trails are separate [map]. There are no services available on the descending trail, so please prepare enough drinking water.



THE FUJI SUBARU LINE ●

The Fuji Subaru Line is closed to private vehicles during the peak of tourist season between the following dates: July 10 - August 31

Buses from the base area (Fujiyoshida and Kawaguchiko) run daily throughout the climbing season and frequently during the spring and fall.

Click here for current bus service information.

Hiring a taxi is another option. Taxis provide more flexibility and days of access, but they are expensive. Prices range, but typically run at about ¥12,000 one-way. If you're traveling with a group that could split the fare, this could be a viable option. Hotel and Hostel Staff/Tourist Information Centers can assist in arranging this service.

Questions?


There is a native English speaker on staff to provide support and assistance.


For questions regarding climbing Mt. Fuji (via the Yoshida Trail), travel assistance, and general inquiries

Please Contact:

Ms. Yumi Matson (email)
Coordinator for International Relations at Fujiyoshida City Hall

From Within Japan
0555-24-1236

From Overseas
(+81) 555-24-1236



Safety Announcement

A report issued in March 2011 by the Ministry of Environment pointed out that 28% of first-time Mt. Fuji climbers opt to climb in one day, an ascent style called "弾丸登山"(Dangan-Tozan : literally means "Bullet Climbing"). This number is drastically higher for foreign climbers who make up 30% of the total number of annual climbers.

Mt. Fuji is the most climbed mountain in the world due in part to its relative lack of difficulty. Compared to climbing most mountains this size, a Mt. Fuji ascent does not necessitate professional mountaineering experience or equipment, and bus services allow climbers to start their ascent from the treeline. However, At 3776m (12,388ft), Mt. Fuji is one of the highest standalone peaks in the world with a very unique terrain. It is important not to underestimate the challenges associated with climbing a mountain of this nature. This being said, many people of all ages, nationalities and climbing aptitude summit Mt. Fuji every year.

The most important point is that climbing any mountain without proper preparation and rest can be hazardous. It is essential for all prospective climbers to be well-informed and well-prepared for their ascent regardless of their climbing plan. The difficulty of the climb will depend greatly on each individual climbers prior climbing experience and aptitude.

For a comprehensive climbing guide please refer to the 2014 Climbing Edition of our bimonthly English publication the "Reiho Fuji"

Click Here To Access a List of the Most Common Climbing Mt. Fuji Questions and Answers.